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text 2018-06-05 22:38
Used book order fail/updated

I did get a response from them and a refund.  I feel better now.


Thank you for bringing this to our attention, it is appreciated.

I do apologize for this order being damaged.

I have just submitted a full refund.

Please do not return this order.

We also apologize for the error on our part and for the inconvenience.

If you require any further assistance, please let us know.

Thank you,


I buy a lot of books used on Amazon and I have never had such a bad experience!  I have been waiting for it for what seems like forever.  I always buy them listed as "Good" so I can read them and post them on paperbackswap.com.  This book was listed as "Condition: Used - Good - All pages and cover are intact. Spine and/or cover may show signs of wear. Some creasing is on the cover. ~ Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to changing lives and communities through the power of work.


I just sent this message.


Here is a copy of the e-mail that you sent to goodwill_grand_rapids.

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I'm very disappointed in the book I received today.  I would not have ordered from you if I had known I'd receive a book with a broken spine.  At the front and back the pages have broken away from the spine and I can see into the binding.  I don't mind shelf wear or creases etc but this book is wanting to fall apart in my hands.  Also, the very thin package it was mailed in was too small and split so it wasn't even completely covered during shipping.  I don't want to have to send this back to you.  It is garbage.  I'd rather give you bad feedback.  This book isn't even "Acceptable" and it was listed as "good."  This book is trash and should never have been listed for sale.



I'm reading those Annie's Attic Mysteries and since I'm not good at waiting for them to come up on pbs I order them used and then share them with friends on pbs.  I always have people lined up to get the book after me so I never order the ones listed acceptable or that say they might have underlining or highlighting etc.  The cost wasn't much and would have paid more to get a decent book.  I'm so annoyed right now and I hope they fix this and don't expect me to mail this pos back.  If they do I'd be happy to also send them the package they had this book crammed into also.  You can see where the one side split open.

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review 2018-01-29 17:28
The gift of Anger by Arun Gandhi
The Gift of Anger: And Other Lessons from My Grandfather Mahatma Gandhi - Arun Gandhi

I’ve been perusing through the highlighted sections (of which there are many) in order to start with a quote, but there are so many fantastic one’s that I’m finding it hard to choose. The short one below sums up the book, so seems like a good choice.


Move the world through love, not fear


This short book (153 pages) was written by Arun Gandhi, Gandhi’s grandson. Each chapter is a lesson, for example lesson one: use anger for good. These lessons were learnt at a time when Arun was a child and was living with Gandhi.


Gandhi taught Arun (and the world) numerous lessons about how we should all be treated as equal. He lived a very sparse life as he refused to have more comforts that the poorest Indian. The lessons sometimes frustrated the young Arun, for example when he threw a pencil stub away and Gandhi made him find it, to learn how waste is violence on the world. Essentially, though, these lessons were prophetic in the larger scope. Arun ties all the lessons in with current events so we see how they can still be utilised today.


The guiding principle which underscored all the others was that of non-violence. Gandhi believed that anger is useful when it’s utilised correctly and can be a force for good. All too often in today’s world we are told to stuff our anger, that it has no use, but that’s not what Gandhi believed. For example, the anger he felt at the British, for prohibiting Indians from gathering salt and imposing taxes on that which they sold, was used to fuel a peaceful protest where Gandhi and many others went down to the sea and took their salt from the water there.


I have learnt so much from this book, not just how to be a better person, but how to use my anger as a source for change. I’ll go back to it often.

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text 2018-01-18 22:39
Reading progress update: I've read 153 out of 153 pages.
The Gift of Anger: And Other Lessons from My Grandfather Mahatma Gandhi - Arun Gandhi

This book was excellent. Everyone should read it. Gandhi was a great man who we can all learn a lot from. 

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text 2017-12-24 04:37
Reading progress update: I've read (approx) 20 out of 288 pages.
Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right - Arlie Russell Hochschild

I found this in the pubic library's digital collection, which appears to have been expanded recently.


I've read Hochschild before and have at least one of her books in my personal collection, but I've never had any personal contact with her.


The beginning of the book is disturbing to me, and maybe it's meant to be.  The author, a noted liberal/progressive, takes her research skills to Louisiana to try to find out why Tea Partiers feel the way they do, with the strongest possible emphasis on feel.  And then she intends to use that understanding of their feelings to find ways to find common ground with them.


And yes, I know I used the word "find" many times in that paragraph.


The reason the beginning was so disturbing was that Hochschild acknowledges that the divide between right and left has widened over the years because the right has moved further right but the left has not moved further left.

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text 2017-12-12 19:17
Reading progress update: I've listened 86 out of 336 minutes.
The Gift of Anger: And Other Lessons from My Grandfather Mahatma Gandhi - Arun Gandhi

This book was witten by the grandson of Gandhi and talks about how anger, which is now considered a taboo, is actually a gift, if utilised correctly.


Each chapter consists of a lesson from Ghandi and how it was related to Arun. He then considers this in a modern context.


Gandhi's right were abused AND he defended the rights of others, so this seemed perfect for the Human Rights square, number 7.


Already this audiobook is turning out to be wonderful. I can already see this being my top non-fiction read of the year.

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